Isaiah 17 ©

A prophecy concerning the ruin of the cities of Damascus and Samaria, v. 1, etc. As likewise of the cities of Israel by the Assyrians, 2. Affliction causes attention, 7. A prophecy concerning the overthrow of the Assyrians, 12.


THE1 burden of Damascus. Behold, 2Damascus is 3taken away from being a city, and it shall be 4a ruinous heap.


5The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for 6flocks, which shall lie down, and 7none shall make them afraid.


8The fortress also shall cease 9from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant 10of Syria: 11they shall be as 12the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.


And in that day it shall come to pass, that 13the glory of Jacob shall 14be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.


And 15it shall be as when the 16harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears 17in the valley of Rephaim.


18Yet 19gleaning grapes shall be left 20in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost 21fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.


22At that day shall 23a man 24look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to 25the Holy One of Israel.


And 26he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, 27neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or 28the images.


29In that day shall 30his 31strong cities be as 32a forsaken bough, and 33an uppermost branch, which 34they left 35because of the children of Israel: and there shall be 36desolation.


Because 37thou hast forgotten 38the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful 39of the rock of thy strength, therefore 40shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt 41set 42it with strange slips:a


In the day 43shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and 44in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but 45the harvest shall be a heap 46in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.


47Woe to 48the multitude 49of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!


The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but 50God shall 51rebuke 52them, and 53they shall flee 54far off, and shall be 55chased asb56the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like 57a rolling thing before the whirlwind.


And behold at 58eveningtide 59trouble; and before the morning 60he is not. 61This is 62the portion of them that 63spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.